The Alchemist's Lair
Thoughts on writing, language, life as a freelancer,
and what comes to mind.
and what comes to mind.
There's a folder in my computer that doesn't want to go away. Every time I look at the desktop it is there - like a sting in the eye, and a dull ache in the mind.
A tale of love and hard work
Last week, members of The Alexandria Library's community (trainers, customers, contributors) received an email announcing the closing of the website, and praising the work that Siegfried, Anne, Delphine, and Ingrid put in to keep the project alive over the past few years.
Having had a glimpse behind the scenes, I can tell the praise was indeed well deserved - but doesn't really convey all the efforts, hard work, and long hours needed to bring such an ambitious project to life.
What end-users saw was a nice website, bursting with content and resources for translators and language professionals. However, every piece of content came with tons of tasks in the background: from planning to administration, from finding trainers up to the technical side of things.
All in all, it's a labour of love.
It's something you do because you have a vision and you're there to make it happen, come rain or shine - Monday morning and Sunday afternoon are just void labels 'cause there is always an email you need to sort out, or a tech bug that needs to be fixed.
The Library's staff managed to do that with a smile, facing every obstacle with a can-do attitude that can only be inspired and fostered by a genuine passion for what you are doing.
The project might be gone, but the commitment and strength of the people behind it will not be forgotten.
Things I learned, things I'm grateful for
Working with people at The Alexandria Library has been inspiring and fun.
When we discussed the idea of e-learning courses, they welcomed it with excitement and their typical positive attitude that made everything easier. E-learning was something new in our industry, but that didn't scare them. Instead, I was given a chance to bring a vision to life, and to make things happen.
It was the opportunity to work with such motivated people that prompted me to deepen my education-related knowledge with a specialisation in teaching, and to strengthen my instructional design know-how. I have learned tons, and that helped me support other trainers in developing meaningful courses.
In an industry now bursting with self-proclaimed gurus, I had the privilege to work and build relationships with accomplished professionals who care about action rather than talk. I've been in touch with industry experts that embraced the opportunity to share their knowledge in a new way - and I'm grateful for the inspiring and thought-provoking stream of discussions and questions that came along in the process.
The project has come to a sudden end, but the experience has been invaluable ... and even though the future looks a bit gloomier now, the good memories and knowledge will remain.
Farewell, The Alexandria Library. I miss you deeply.